NAACP Statement on the appointment of New NYPD Inspector General

(Washington) – Today, New York City appointed its first inspector general for the New York Police Department. Philip Eure, who is currently head of the District of Columbia Office of Police Complaints, will be responsible for ensuring that the city’s police department follows the law when it comes to controversial tactics like stop-and-frisk.

From Hazel N. Dukes, President of the NAACP New York State Conference:

“After decades of advocacy, the NAACP is pleased to know that there will be an inspector general charged with overseeing the nation’s largest police force,” said Hazel N. Dukes, the President of the NAACP New York State Conference. “We look forward to working with Mr. Eure to increase police accountability and improve community police relations, both of which are key components to increasing public safety for every community in our great city.”

From Dr. Niaz Kasravi, NAACP National Criminal Justice Director:

“Creating greater accountability, rebuilding the public’s trust and improving relations between communities and law enforcement is long overdue after decades of stop and frisk abuses and other forms of racial profiling in New York City,” said Dr. Niaz Kasravi, Criminal Justice Director for the NAACP. “New York has the opportunity to become a national model for implementing effective change. We applaud Mayor DeBlasio for working to improve policing practices by appointing the city’s first ever inspector general.”

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